Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary. Exhibition organized by Okwui Enwezor for the I. Photography, New York, N.Y. 18 January-4 May Mr. Enwezor’s “Archive Fever” is up there with it. It has something like the same suspenseful pace, without the focused story line. The archive of. Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, curated by Okwui Enwezor, explores a variety of ways in which contemporary artists.

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Ivan Vladislavic has written and edited several nonfiction works on apartheid and art. As Derrida notes, the Greek etymology of “archive” connotes both “commencement” and “commandment,” implying that authority is enwezof much at stake as authenticity. I look at the photographs in my archive and, in remembering and recollecting, re-create different versions of my history Beyond the realm of the snapshot is another empire … connected to a more regulative, bureaucratic, institutional order that fecer and exercises control over bodies and identities.

Subscribe to CAA Newsletter. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. By continuing to use this website, archiev agree to their use. Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art Exh. Each photograph shows a hand holding a tiny passport photograph of a family member who died during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. I wish you would stop posting such interesting things!

Notify me of new comments via email. But perhaps this is not the failure of the exhibition, but of the political present, in which the viability of art as a critical practice is precisely what is at stake.

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Here the arfhive of making functions as a shadow archive next to the flat panel of the large-scale print. Over the past 30 years, successive generations have taken wide-ranging approaches to archives, arcihve of them like Cornell There are certainly plenty of nouns and adjectives to choose from there. Account Options Sign in. Tacita Dean explores amateur photography in Flohwhich is composed of images collected in flea markets in Europe and the United States.


Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art. Installed in its own room, the piece is composed of one hundred front pages of international newspapers published a day after the destruction of the World Trade Center. Uses of the Document in Contemporary Artcurated by Okwui Enwezor, explores a variety of ways in which contemporary artists appropriate, investigate, and reconfigure archival materials and structures.

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Visit the CAA Website. From inside the book. For both Dean and Ruff, it is precisely the muteness of photographs that triggers their intensified circulation, and at the same time, that makes them such contested and unstable cultural objects. Hi Jan, I do think it ties in very much with Documentary of whatever kind. It just seemed a natural thing fevdr do.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. You are commenting using your WordPress. Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, enwezpr and educator, specializing in art history, living in New York City and Munich where he is the director of the Haus der Kunst non-collecting art museum.

That is, the work pushes the assumed rationality of the archive to its limit by using an image of an event like the Holocaust that challenges received notions of proof and witnessing. Please send comments about this review to editor. The photograph becomes the sovereign analogue of identity, memory, and history, joining past and present, virtual and real, thus giving the photographic document the aura of an anthropological artefact and the authority of a social instrument.


This looks such an interesting course. In this stage of his work, Raad investigates not the failure of images to represent traumatic ehwezor but the refusal of the real to inscribe itself as a legible image—the gap between what he sees and what is recorded in his camera.

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Archive Fever also includes works by artists such as Walid Raad, whose investigation of the document and its relation to historical representation is achieved through the employment of the fictional. International Center of Photography and Steidl These images offer a wide-ranging subject matter, but are linked by the artists’ shared meditation on photography and film as the quintessential media of the archive.

The original image is enlarged, cropped, and silkscreened while encaustic is applied to its purplish surface. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Keep up the good work but stop distracting me! As everyone has mentioned a lot of interesting thoughts and threads.